Re: Survivor bees vs regular stock adn mite counts
Or you could say that mite drops only tell you how many dead mites there are, not how many live mites there might be. ot having much experience w/ sticky boards, recently, I tend to prefer ether rolls as an indicator of mite counts in a hive.
My sticky board experience is 25 years old when we used sticky boards to see how much mite kill occured in the first 24 hours after the application of Apistan Strips. Maybe we should have had sticky boards in the same hives the previous 24 hours to be able to tell natural mite drop, but we didn't.
What was amazng to me was the amount of mite kill which occured in the first hour, from the time we installed the first sticky board and strip in the first colony, finished applying strips to the rest of the yd and then checked the first stickyboard for our own curiosity. Amzing amount of kill.
In any one mite control application, most of the kill occurs in the first 24 hours or so.
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